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Forbes: Amazon Tastes Its Own Patent-Pending Medicine

Oct 14, 2000, 19:07 (11 Talkback[s])
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"OpenTV is the latest to file for patent rights to the "one-click" shopping tool that Amazon has fought so bitterly over with Barnesandnoble.com (nasdaq: BNBN). This dispute between the Web's two biggest booksellers is still in litigation. Barnesandnoble.com has been barred from using the technology since a U.S. District Court issued an injunction against the company in December 1999."

"In late September OpenTV applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to broaden the scope of a patent originally awarded to the company in 1998 so it includes "one-click" shopping. This tool lets repeat customers make purchases without having to re-enter address and credit card information each time. Amazon first made one-click shopping available on its site in September 1997 and was awarded the patent for it in September 1999."

"Should the Patent Office decide in OpenTV's favor, Amazon could be forced to either pay licensing fees for one-click shopping or abandon it altogether. Ironically, that's the same position Amazon has been trying to put Barnesandnoble.com into for the past year."

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